Pin & Pendant, Cluster, Turquoise, Hallmark, Vintage, 508
THIS IS THE KIND OF CLASSIC CLUSTER PIN YOU’LL PASS DOWN TO YOUR GRANDCHILDREN.This beautiful vintage pin (likely Zuni) dates back to circa the 1970s, and is what is sometimes known as a grandmother cluster; legend has it that the center stone is the grandmother, and each outer ring represents her being surrounded by her children and grandchildren. This one is made up of a combination of snake eye and oval turquoise stones, sterling silver bands and twist wire details. It’s absolutely stunning and the kind of statement piece that’s destined to become a beloved heirloom. This one can be worn as a pin or a pendant. (And get this -- it still has a safety pin on the back! A little bit of vintage charm.)
Ben Kallestewa (Zuni). Active since 1960s. Channel inlay; mosaic inlay; cluster work; set stones. Collaborates with Reyes Kallestewa.
Marks: B R K, Ben Reyes Kallestewa (etched)
Reyes Kallestewa (Zuni). Active since 1960s. Cluster work; nugget sets’ channel and mosaic inlay. Collaborates with Ben Kallestea.
Marks: B R K; Ben, Reyes Kallestewa (etched)
- artist: Ben & Reyes Kallestewa
- affiliation: Zuni
- hallmarks: "Make by Ben & Reyes Kallestewa Zuni NM 10/15/77"
- materials: sterling silver, Lone Mountain turquoise
- dimensions: 4" circumference
- weight: 76 grams
- closure: locking c-clasp
- condition: nice vintage condition
- stones are secure in their settings
- no stone chips or hairline fractures
- silver has a nice patina
- light wear from use
- style number: JP508